Salahud­din’s 2nd son held by NIA

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

Dur­ing probe, his in­volve­ment in rais­ing, re­ceiv­ing, col­lect­ing funds from ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions through its ac­tive cadres from Saudi Ara­bia also sur­faced.

NIA source

Sri­na­gar: Tight­en­ing its noose in the ter­ror fund­ing case, the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) ar­rested Hizb-ul Mu­jahideen supreme com­man­der and United Ji­had Coun­cil (UJC) chief Syed Salahud­din’s sec­ond son — Syed Sha­keel Ahmad Shah — from his res­i­dence at Ram­bagh in Sri­na­gar on Thurs­day.

The ar­rest of the 48-year-old Shah, a lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian at Sher-e-Kash­mir In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences, comes 10 months af­ter NIA ar­rested his younger brother, Syed Shahid Yousuf in the same case.

“The case per­tains to trans­fer of funds through hawala chan­nels by Pak­istan-based ter­ror­ists to Jammu and Kash­mir, in a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy hatched with some op­er­a­tives in In­dia. This is in a bid to fuel and fund the se­ces­sion­ist and ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in J&K,” said NIA, adding Ghu­lam Mo­hammed Bhat alias Ab­dul Rehman and three oth­ers were charge-sheeted in 2011 in the same case. “In Oc­to­ber 2017, Yousuf, the younger son of ac­cused Salahud­din was ar­rested by NIA, as he had re­ceived funds from Hizbul-Mu­jahideen from abroad. In this case, so far, three ac­cused per­sons — Mo­hom­mad Sidiq Ganai, Ghu­lam Jee­lani Liloo and Fa­rooq Ahmed Dagga — have been con­victed af­ter they pleaded guilty,” said the NIA.

Last year, Salahud­din, who is based in Pak­istan Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, was de­clared `Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist’ by the United States.

“He (Shah) had re­ceived money through Western Union sev­eral times which were sent by ab­scond­ing charge-sheeted ac­cused Ai­jaz Ahmad Bhat alias Ai­jaz Maq­bool Bhat,” said the NIA. Shah is be­ing brought to Delhi where he would be pro­duced be­fore the NIA Spe­cial Court for seek­ing his po­lice cus­tody for cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

The move was con­demned by Joint Resistance Lead­er­ship, who termed the ar­rest a “po­lit­i­cal witch hunt”.

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